Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Follow these easy steps to create an all-natural bird feeder, so you can bird-watch from your window or porch.

Materials Needed:

  • Medium to large sized pine cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Paper plate
  • Paper bowl
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Twine, rope, yarn or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Time to complete one feeder: 20-30 minutes, including preparation and clean-up.


  1. Gather all materials listed.
  2. Place your bird seed onto a paper plate so that it covers the bottom entirely.
  3. Spoon or scoop out the peanut butter into your paper bowl to prevent getting bird seed in your jar.
  4. Grab your pine cone and begin spreading the peanut butter onto it with your spoon/spatula.
  5. Cover the entire pine cone in peanut butter using your spoon/spatula.
  6. Begin to roll the peanut butter covered pine cone in the bird seed. Do this step until it is covered in seed.
  7. Sit the pine cone on its base. Cut approximately 1.5-2 feet of twine.
  8. Push the first five inches of twine down into the pine cone around the top scales, leaving two inches of twine from the start of the string.
  9. Tie the twine around these scales, be sure to tie it tight!
  10. Find a tree in your yard that you could easily see from your window or your porch.
  11. Once you have found that tree, find a branch to hang your bird feeder from so that it is not hidden by other branches.
  12. Tie the feeder tightly to this branch with the other end of the twine. Make sure that the pine cone is not too close to the branch.
  13. Wait, and enjoy watching the birds!


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